Five Diners 2014 European Kingfisher, Coin from Andorra - detailed information

Five Diners 2014 European Kingfisher, Coin from Andorra
CoinFive Diners 2014 European Kingfisher

This silver half-ounce Five Diners (5 D.) collector coin is part of a series dedicated birds and features an European Kingfisher.

The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) also known as Eurasian Kingfisher, or River Kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.

This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upper parts, orange underparts and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special visual adaptations to enable it to see prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.

Inscriptions on the coin are in the Catalan language. It was issued in proof grade only, in a capsule, boxed.

MintNumisCollect Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Andorra / Five Diners 2014 European Kingfisher - obverse photo

Surrounded by a plain rim, the obverse of the coin shows at its centre the Coat of Arms of the Principality of Andorra consisting of a shield divided quarterly by the arms of the Bishop of Urgell and the Count of Foix - who have historically been the two co-princes of Andorra - in addition to the emblems of Catalonia and the Viscount of Béarn.

The four traditional quarters are (clockwise from top left):
- that of the Bishopric of Urgell, represented by a mitre and a crosier (staff);
- that of Foix, with three vertical stripes;
- that of Béarn, represented by two cows with cow-bells around their necks, walking to left;
- that of Catalonia, with four vertical stripes.

The shield is surrounded by an "aureola". A scroll below it carries the Latin motto VIRTVS VNITA FORTIOR (in modern spelling: "Virtus Unita Fortior"), meaning "United virtue is stronger".

Around above, the inscription PRINCIPAT D' ANDORRA (Principality of Andorra).

Below, divided by the Coat of Arms, the value and denomination 5 D. (Five Diners).

Around below, the date of issue 2014.

Obverse Inscription PRINCIPAT D' ANDORRA 5 D. 2014
Andorra / Five Diners 2014 European Kingfisher - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts an European Kingfisher bird (Alcedo atthis) perched on a rock and holding a small fish in its beak, facing left, against a backdrop of mountains and a lake. The figures of the bird and the fish are enamelled and coloured.

To the right, the outline of a human figure with a camera on a tripod. Above that, part of the globe centred on Western Europe.

Around left, the inscription BLAUET Alcedo atthis (kingfisher).

Around above right, EUROPA (Europe).

Reverse Inscription BLAUET Alcedo atthis EUROPA
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Five Diners 2014 European Kingfisher: Details
Coin TypeFive Diners
Effigy or SymbolCoat of Arms of Andorra
Face Value5 (x Diner)
Total Mintage500
Mintage Limit1,000
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.6100 mm
Mass15.5000 g
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Five Diners 2014 European Kingfisher: Photos
Five Diners 2014 European Kingfisher: Photo European Kingfisher / thumbnail European Kingfisher
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Five Diners 2014 European Kingfisher: Photo European Kingfisher / thumbnail European Kingfisher
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